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A Big Welcome Back

20200109 Victoria Palms Softball HMiller 0641 webA big welcome back to all our Winter Texan visitors. We are excited for this upcoming year and are happy that you have chosen to spend some of your time in the great Rio Grande Valley. Our regular visitors and converted Texans all know why South Texas is a favorite among Winter Texans. In fact, Texas had 17 cities make the top 100, including McAllen, Mission, and Harlingen, in a recent survey (StorageCafe) of favorite ‘Snowbird’ destinations. We hope that some of our new visitors will see why the Valley has been a hidden gem among winter visitors.

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25th Butterfly Festival next weekend

20211020 Butterly Malachite Marianna Wright webDubbed as the “butterfly capital of the world” by USA Today, the National Butterfly Center in Mission will host their 25th Butterfly Festival with a community day on Saturday, October 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors are invited to comes see for themselves why the City of Mission is a hotspot for butterflies.

Did you know nearly 150 species of North American butterflies can be seen only in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) of Texas, or by traveling to Mexico? In fact, more than 300 species of butterflies may be found in the LRGV, and more than 200 species have been seen at the National Butterfly Center, including a number of rarities and U.S. records.

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Time to start those vegetable gardens

20211027 Time to start those fall Vegetable Gardens 02 CourtesyThe Deep South Texas Master Gardeners welcomes our winter Texans back and wood like to help you start your winter vegetable garden. Unlike in the north where gardening is done during the summer months, we here in Texas do our gardening in the fall and winter. Many of those wonderful vegetables that you enjoy back home can be grown here in Texas during the winter months.

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McAllen Holiday Parade invites community in on the celebration

With just a little over two months to go until the best parade in the world takes to the streets of McAllen, the McAllen Holiday Parade, presented by H-E-B and powered by Bert Ogden & Fiesta Dealerships, parade organizers are inviting the community to come be a part of the celebration and help bring the parade to life.

McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos announced the return of the McAllen Holiday Parade sweepstakes, where, starting today, anyone can simply text the word “MCALLEN” to #474747 for a chance to win prizes, such as H-E-B gift cards; Xbox Series X; PS5; I PHONE 13; and $1,000 holiday cash to name a few.

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Exploring the Queen Isabella Causeway collapse

The Collapse Movie Poster WEBDiscover more about the Queen Isabella Causeway collapse during the Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation, “The Collapse: The True Story of the Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse,” at 2 p.m. on Oct. 3 on the Museum of South Texas History’s Facebook page.

In 2001, a tow boat pushing four fully loaded barges hit a pillar of the Queen Isabella Causeway, which connects South Padre Island and Port Isabel. On that day, four fishermen saved three people, but the tragedy ultimately claimed the lives of eight individuals. During the presentation, guest speakers Joshua Moroles and Robert Espericueta will discuss how they have documented that fateful day.

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Food Bank RGV Joins Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month Campaign

RGVFoodBankFor Hunger Action Month® this September, the Food Bank RGV will join Feeding America and other network member food banks to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of people facing the impossible choice of hunger. Food banks around the country are working to make an effective and lasting impact on food insecurity in their communities and they are asking for the public’s support.

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Humane society of Harlingen at capacity

The Humane Society of Harlingen’s kennels are completely full. The busy season is upon us at HSH and every single kennel and cage is occupied. We need adopters and fosters right now!

The Humane Society of Harlingen is offering a free spay/neuter surgery for anyone able to foster a cat or dog for at least 2 weeks. Additionally, anyone adopting a pet from today until Friday, August 6th will receive free vaccines and medications for one year for that adopted pet at our monthly clinics.

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Save our pollinators, save our world

20210414 The Gardens LM 0037Written by Laura Muntean, TAMU

Pollinators serve a great purpose in the agriculture world. Without them, humans and animals would have little to no food at all.

Texas A&M AgriLife researcher Juliana Rangel, Ph.D., director of the Texas A&M Honey Bee Lab and associate professor of apiculture in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Entomology, explains the incredible impact that such typically small animals and insects play in the role of our food supply.

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Gladys Porter Zoo Debuts Two New Babies

Baby Camel 1Gladys Porter Zoo staff are excited to introduce two new babies at the Zoo: a dromedary camel and a reticulated giraffe. Both babies made their debut on exhibit this week.

The healthy male giraffe was born to parents Priscilla and CJ on June 14, 2021. Now one month old, he joins another calf in the giraffe yard that was born just a few months ago.

Reticulated giraffes, like the ones at the Zoo, are listed as Endangered with an estimate of less than 10,000 remaining in the wild. Their numbers have decreased by 50% in the last three decades.

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Begin to birdwatch class offered

thumbnail Begin to Birdwatch ps July 2021Learn about the world of birds and birdwatching, full of colorful birds with interesting lives. After a fun-filled introduction to the diversity of birds, we will focus on the tips and tricks to identifying birds. The Rio Grande Valley is one of the best regions in the country for birdwatching - all we need is to look outside!

Join John Brush, urban ecologist from Quinta Mazatlan, for a presentation on how to begin birdwatching! The class will be available on Saturday, July 31 from 2-3 p.m. at the McAllen Public Library (Main Library, meeting room A, 4001 N. 23rd St.)

Register here: https://mcallenlibrary.libnet.info/event/5268889 . For more information, contact Grace or Nicole at (956) 681-3060.

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